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Enarrationes in Psalmos


Augustine; author
; production


Frank McClean


illuminated manuscript


other; type of text


circa 1336 circa 1337


fourteenth century, second quarter


PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, ii paper flyleaves + 267 folios + ii paper flyleaves, 355 x 246 (264-272 x 173) mm, two columns, 64 lines, ruled in plummet, hard point and crayon, quire marks, running headers, catchwords, outer margins of fols. 1-3 and 5-32 excised

BINDING: Nineteenth century, dark pink paper and brown leather over pasteboards.

fols. 1r–261r Augustine, Enarrationes in Psalmos, with prologues (fols. 1r-4r)
fols. 262r–267v Supplement of extracts from Augustine’s works

DECORATION: Two historiated initials formed of pink and red acanthus on gold or blue grounds with three-sided bar and acanthus border including an angel, a hybrid, and birds, one of them pecking a wild man on the head: fol. 4r Prologue, [O, 8 ll.] Augustine with an open book on his desk addressed by Christ; fol. 4r Psalm 1 [B, 14 ll.] Christ enthroned and blessing above, David playing psaltery below.

ORNAMENTATION: Red or pink initials [7-14 ll.] with white geometric or acanthus motifs on blue grounds, foliate infill on pink grounds (except fol. 196r, a lion-head), and acanthus extensions for Psalms 26, 38, 52, 68, 80, 97, 109, 118, 119, 148 (fols. 20r, 48v, 76v, 106v, 133r, 163v, 189v, 196r, 209v, 257v) and prologue to Psalm 109 (fol. 189r); red and blue parted initial [A, 4 ll.] with red and blue pen flourishing (fol. 1r); alternate red and blue penwork initials [2-10 ll.] with purple or red pen-flourished infill and extensions; alternate red and blue penwork initials [1-2 ll.]; text following the initials for the main division Psalms written in alternate red and blue capitals with purple or red pen flourishing; alternate red and blue paraph marks; capitals highlighted in red.

Place (legacy):

Italy, production, region
Perugia, place


illumination; whole


parchment; support
gold; medium




bequeathed; 1904; McClean, Frank


Augustus Frederick (1773-1843), Duke of Sussex (his bookplate with classmark VI H. m. 5 inside upper cover); part II of his sale, R.H. Evans, London, 31 July 1844, lot 89; Sotheby’s, London, 3 Dec. 1847, lot 216; Thomas Bateman (1821-1861), Middleton Hall, by Youlgrave, Derbyshire (armorial bookplate inside upper cover); to his son, William Bateman; his sale, Sotheby’s, London, 25-31 May 1893, lot 234; Frank McClean (1837–1904); his bequest, 1904.


McClean, Frank; previous owner
Bateman, William; previous owner
Bateman, Thomas; previous owner
Frederick, Augustus, Duke of Sussex; previous owner


The scribe begun this manuscript on 2 October 1336 and completed it on 5 June 1337, as recorded in the colophon (fol. 261r): Anno domini mo ccco xxxvj die ij mensis octubris istum librum scriptor scribere inchoavit et a[nno] d[omini] cccxxxvij die v mensis Junii auxilio divine gratie consummavit. The style of illumination is characteristic of Perugia in the first half of the fourteenth century.


secundo folio; fol. 2r; vides repugnantem
secundo folio; fol. 5r; [re]petitum aliquid erit


Illuminated Manuscripts in the Fitzwilliam Museum. 1966 - 1966
Organiser: The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (Cambs.), UK
Venue: The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (Cambs.)
Catalogue number: 60

Splendours of Italian Illumination: Romanesque - Gothic - Renaissance. 1989 - 1990
Organiser: The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (Cambs.), UK
Venue: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Notes: unpublished handlist of an exhibition held in the Adeane gallery, October 1989 - February 1990
Catalogue number: 13


Wormald, Francis. Giles, Phyllis M.. 1966. Illuminated Manuscripts in the Fitzwilliam Museum.Cambridge (Cambs.):
cat. no. 60

James, Montague Rhodes, Dr. 1912. A descriptive catalogue of the McClean Collection of Manuscripts in the Fitzwilliam Museum.Cambridge (Cambs.): Cambridge University Pressp. 233-34

Robinson, P. R.. 1988. Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts c. 737 - 1600 in Cambridge Libraries.Cambridge (Cambs.):
cat. no. 221, pl. 143 (fol. 133r)

Pettigrew, T. J.. 1827-1839. Bibliotheca Sussexiana : a descriptive catalogue, accompanied by historical and biographical notices, of the manuscripts and printed books contained in the library of His Royal Highness the Duke of Sussex in Kensington Palace..London:
I, part 1, no. 37 (pp. cxiii-cxv)


Object Number: MS McClean 103
(Manuscripts and Printed Books)
(record id: 178917; input: 2010-12-08; modified: 2012-08-20)


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